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Dreaming of Verona by T.A. Williams @rararesources @TAWilliamsBooks

Dreaming of Verona by T. A. Willams

​Published February 3rd 2020 by Canelo

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick-lit / Romance

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count – 300

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A Wedding in Cornwall (A Wedding in Cornwall #1) by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

A Wedding in Cornwall (A Wedding in Cornwall #1) by Laura Briggs

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Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May, @rararesources @nicolamay1

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

​Publication Date: 5th July 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis: The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences. 

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on. With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

4.5 Stars: 

This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone story. Cockleberry Bay is a small beach community with all the quirkiness that goes with it. Everyone in town knows everybody else’s business, you run into people you might not want to see, and help is just around the corner whether you want it or not. I loved the dogs in the story, especially Hot Dog, the Dachshund. He was such a sweetie who was loving Rosa one minute and Queenie the next. He was a going concern and could make everyone laugh at his antics. The characters in this story are so real and genuine. They are flawed, but always try to do what is right. The story was well-plotted and paced. It had me reading quickly to find out what would happen next. This is not just a chick-lit romantic comedy there is a lot more to it than that. It deals with heartache, romance, alcoholism, forgiveness of self and others, jealousy, friendship, and self-esteem. Pair that up with drama, humour, lots of fur-babies, and special relationships and you have a wonderfully entertaining story with some twists and several connecting storylines that are all woven together seamlessly. I will say that there were a lot of emotions while I read this one, from laughing all the way to a few tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have already purchased the first one, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, to find out what I missed. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Nicola May PhotoAbout the Author: Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chick-lit with a kick.

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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #1) by Eliza Watson @rararesources

29344464Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #1) by Eliza Watson

 

Genre: Adult Women’s Fiction

Published February 2016

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Breaking the Rules (Cornish Village School #1) by Kitty Wilson

Breaking the Rules (The Cornish Village School #1)3.5 Stars –

Published June 11th 2018 by Canelo

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Girl Meets Class (Girl Meets Class #1) by Karin Gillespie

4 Stars

Published September 8th 2015 by Henery Press

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Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin, Karen White (Narrator)

Home for Christmas4 Stars

Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation 

This is the seventh book in the Yorktide, Maine series but I loved this Christmas story as a stand alone. Holly Chamberlin has written a sweet, gentle Christmas story with a bit of romance and family dynamics. It is a reminder of what is really important in life, especially around the holidays.

Nell and her two daughters live in a small Maine seaside town. Nell is divorced and her husband has remarried. Nell is worried that this might be her last Christmas with her girls. Molly is a senior in college who has been seriously dating Mick with the expectation of marrying him. Felicity is a senior in high school and has just announced that she is spending next Christmas abroad with her father and his wife. When Molly announces that she is moving to Boston and breaks of her relationship with Mick, Nell doesn’t know what to do to help her. When Nell’s college boyfriend, Erik comes to town for a book tour, she is worried about what will happen when they meet up. She made a decision to break up with him after her parents convinced her he was not good enough for her. When they reconnect, she begins to wonder what her life would have been like if she had been stronger and made different decisions.

As with any family at Christmas, everyone is busy and it seems that Nell’s plans to make this the best Christmas her girls have ever has, is not working. Felicity seems to be star struck by her step-mother, not realizing how much she is hurting her mother. I wasn’t sure if I liked Felicity at first, she seemed self-centered and a bit selfish, but she comes around later in the story. Molly is running scared from the possible engagement and life on a farm. Of course, the best story line is the reconnecting of Nell and Erik. It seems natural and flows easily. The romance is sweet, slow and of course, successful. There is nothing sexual in this story, but the romance is evident. Of course there is a happy ending for all concerned, which is my expectation when reading these cozy Christmas Romances. I would definitely recommend this one to any who enjoy a sweet Christmas Romance. I listened to the audio book of this title and thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Karen White.

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Summer at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay #2) by Sarah Bennett

Summer at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay, Book 2)3.5 Stars

Published July 4th 2018 by HQ Digital

I was really looking forward to this second book in the series, but was not as excited as I had hoped. The beginning sets up the story so we know who the couple will be that the story revolves around. Eliza is married to Martin, her high school boyfriend. They are about to move to Abu Dhabi for his job when she realizes that he does not care what she thinks or wants. His job, his desires and his dreams are all that matters. When she asks him a question and his answer is not what she needs to hear, she tells him she isn’t happy and she’s not going with him. She leaves the airport and heads back to Lavender Bay. Once she is back home, she realizes that she has been very unhappy and wants to see what will make her happy. When she goes to the local lavender farm to see if she can buy lavender to start a soap making business, she meets the owner, Jack. He is not happy that this person is wandering around his working farm. He is rather rude to her, but both of them feel something. Jack has baggage and he is not sure he is ready for a relationship. Eliza has her own baggage and is in the same boat. Can they work through everything to be happy together. As the story progressed, I began to get invested. There are some blips along the way that they need to work through that gives the story some angst, but overall, this is a feel good, second chance romance.

This story is full of heartbreak, romance and finding what is best for you and doing what you are truly happy with. You want to laugh at times as well as reach out and shake someone. Along the way the characters from the first book are there and once again step up to help one another when in need. I enjoyed seeing how Sam and Eliza’s father has dealt with his illness and is trying to give his kids more autonomy at the bar. The trio of ladies (Eliza, Beth and Libby) are still there supporting, teasing and loving one another. I enjoyed my second trip to Lavender Bay and based on what happened in this book, I am ready for Libby’s story in the next outing at Lavender Bay. The publisher, HQ Digital, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.

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Spring at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay #1) by Sarah Bennett

Spring at Lavender Bay4 Stars

Published February 2nd 2018 by HQ Digital 

This is my first book by Sarah Bennett and it won’t be my last. I enjoy these fun, romantic stories on the coast in the UK. Beth returns to Lavender Cove for the funeral of Eleanor, the woman who raised her. When she finds out that Eleanor has left the Emporium to her, she needs to figure out what to do with it. She lives in London, not Lavender Bay. When she returns to London, she realizes that there is nothing there for her, she has broken up from her boyfriend and the promotion at work seems to be going to someone else. Time to go back home.

This story is filled with great characters, friendships and memories. Eliza, Libby and Beth (all named Elizabeth, so they had to take on nicknames) have been best friends all their lives. I love the relationship these ladies share. The others in Lavender Bay all love them as well and support whatever they are trying to do.When trouble brews, the people in the town are there to help. When romance is in the air, friends promote and encourage and when emotions boil over, friends are able to calm and support. A wonderful story filled with love, loyalty, friendship, a bit of angst and happy endings. I am definitely going to read the next one in this series. The publisher, HQ Digital, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions shared are my own.

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